Do you have any regrets about the way that dissent was handled then?
The danger is when dissent crosses over into demonizing the current president and his administration.
On election night, as Rove squealed his dissent, the anchors on Fox News declared Obama had won.
early 15c., from Latin dissentire "differ in sentiments, disagree, be at odds, contradict, quarrel," from dis- "differently" (see dis-) + sentire "to feel, think" (see sense (n.)). Related: Dissented; dissenting. The noun is 1580s, from the verb.
Has there ever been a society which has died of dissent? Several have died of conformity in our lifetime. [Jacob Bronowski "Science and Human Values," 1956]